Coronavirus (Covid 19) bereavement support for children, young people & families

The outbreak of Covid-19 means that many aspects of children’s ‘normal’ routines have been abruptly and significantly changed. Many children are now spending all their time at home with their initial family, and all children not able to have direct contact with their friends and wider family.

Our lives are currently dominated by discussion about the impact the virus is having.

This will be an anxious time for many children – they may have worries and questions about how the virus might affect them and those close to them, especially older members of their family and those already in poor health.

Child Bereavement UK has made a short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak

Winston’s Wish has produced guidance on

Cruse Bereavement Care has produced some tips about talking to children among their wider resources about grief and coronavirus.

Saying goodbye and funerals

The requirements around social distancing mean that many won’t be able to attend the funeral of a loved one during the outbreak. Below are some suggestions about other ways of saying goodbye:

How to say goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible, from Winston’s Wish

Guidance for families around funerals, from Nelson’s Journey

Organising a meaningful funeral from Quaker Social Action

If you need to speak with someone directly regarding any concerns related to bereavement and supporting children, young people and their families, please email David Williams or by mobile phone: 07736 903867

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